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the question is will dunder mifflin ever be the same. it is "way too early" for this. almost walked right through that camera. i'm peter alexander in for willie geist. this is way too early. glad you're up with us watching on msnbc or listening live on sirius xm radio. by the way, shoot us an e-mail and let me know why you're awake right now. or you can text the word awake followed by your response to 622639. we will read the best responses later in the show. by friday, you guys just drill that. the next 30 minutes will be your cram session for friday, april 15th. there is a lot going on today, including the resignation of the man in charge of all those sleeping air traffic
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controllers. plus deadly tornadoes again ripping through the midwest. touching down last might in oklahoma. we'll have the latest on that storm ahead in weather with bill karins. but first we want to get right to the news. president obama is expected to sign a bill funding the government for the rest of will this fiscal year, that will happen today after it passed both the house and senate with bipartisan support. dozens of democrats had to make up for defections from tea part i backed republican kofsh i haves who voted against the measure because they felt $38 billion in cuts were too small. speaking on the house floor yesterday, speaker john boehner said the cuts were unprecedented, but conceded the measure was less than ideal. >> there are some who claim that the spending cuts in this bill aren't real. that they're gimmicks. well, i just think it's total nonsense. a cut is a cut.
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every dime in this bill that is cut is a dime that washington will spend if we leave it on the table. is it perfect? no. i'd be the first one to admit that it's flawed. well, welcome to divided government. >> yesterday the house also approved two resolutions that would have blocked funding for planned parenthood and the president's health care overhaul, but the passage was largely symbolic since both measures failed in the senate. later today, the house will set the stage for an even bigger budget fight by voting on a 2012 spending blueprint from budget committee chairman paul ryan. the republican proposal that is expected to pass promises to cut more than $6 billion from the budget that president obama offered in february by slashing spending and shrinking federal involvement in medicare and medicaid, but the plan does face a grim future in the democratic controlled at some and the president has been targeting the plan as he gears up for his
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re-election bid in an interview with abc news yesterday, the president insisted he was not dooming negotiations with congress by criticizing the ryan plan just as he did during a speech earlier this week at dwornlg washingt george washington university. >> if you look at my speech yesterday, it was not so much a critique of what the house republicans have proposed as it was a description of what they proposed. here's the thing that i think is good. everybody now agrees that the deficit has to be cut. the key is making sure that it's balanced. what i wanted to do yesterday, and i think i did successfully, is to make very clear to the american people that we have a choice. we can't get everything the government offers and not pay for it. everybody agrees that the united states has to pay its debts. everybody agrees that we'll have to hit a real meaningful target when comes to deficit reduction.
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and that there are going to be areas where we can agree now and areas that we don't agree but we can get a process going and some of it will be settled by the american people in the election. >> for his part, congressman ryan who was in the front row during wednesday's deficit speech accused of president of partisan attacks. >> i expected nancy pelosi and harry reid to come out, you know, with attacks. we didn't expect it from the commander in chief. and when the commander in chief sort of brings himself down to the level of the partisan mosh pit that we're in, it makes it more difficult to bring that kind of leadership. >> officially our first mosh pit reference of the day. still ryan says he thinks an agreement can be reached to impose more spending cuts in exchange for house republicans agreeing to raise the nation's $14.3 trillion debt ceiling sometime in between may and july. president obama is joining the transportation second in trying
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to reassure travelers after several air traffic controllers were caught sleeping on the job. the top official has lost his job. the government is launching a top to bottom review. >> what happened in these control towers with controllers sleeping is outrageous, it eat kind of behavior that we will not tolerate at the faa. we will not tolerate in control towers. safety is always our number one priority. >> air traffic controllers tell the associated press that it's not uncommon for overnight workers to nap on the job. in fact one whistle blower says there's even a cot in a radar tower and internal records from the federal aviation administration show that more than 20% of controllers work at least one midnight shift every two weeks, putting them at risk of falling asleep or making critical errors. the faa is now reviewing ways to cut down on fatigue, including
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one recommendation that would allow controllers to sleep during half-hour breaks. set a good alarm. nearly a year after the gulf coast oil spill, victims are taking aim at bp and the company's pledge to whip back the trust of the affected communities. as ann thompson reports, protesters from the gulf region say that promise is unfulfilled, and they took that message straight to the top executives in london. >> reporter: outside bp shareholder's meeting, a sish cuss-like at moss tear. as protesters tried to make an indelible point. it's been almost a year since the well exploded in the gulf of mexico. killing 11 men on the deep water rig. some of those still dealing with its impact traveled 5,000 miles from the gulf coast to london. >> the yort of -- >> reporter: tracy came all the way from louisiana. >> i have a 8-year-old grandson
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that his asthma has been totally out of control since may when the oil first came into our community. >> reporter: inside shareholders heard a different story. as bp's chairman praised the company's response and its $20 billion claims fund. sxwlt trust fund was a critical way of giving confidence to the american people that we would not cut and run. but head of the oyster man's association says the claims process is slow, inefficient and stingy. >> we have fisher men receiving checks for six months payment for $5,000. how do you support a family? that is below poverty. >> reporter: some proceed it test tors got inside the meet and were forcibly removed. >> whoever you are here today, i can promise you one thing. bp is changing. bp will act with integrity, honor and respect. >> reporter: a promise
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demonstrators say has yet to be delivered. that was anne thompson reporting. hillary clinton says libya's leader is trying to test may toe's determination. forces loyal to moammar gadhafi continue to pound rebel positions despite weeks of coalition air strikes. stefan any gosk repor recei stephanie gosk reports. >> reporter: in misrata, the civil war moves street to street, building to building. rebel fighters are under constant threat of attack. >> there's a sniper from the upper building. >> reporter: gadhafi's tanks and artillery bombard the western city daily. civilians are trapped in the middle unable to leave because government forces have misrata surrounded. at the hospital, evidence of what when is quickly becoming a humanitarian disaster.
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children caught in the cross fire, suffering shrapnel and gunshot wounds. is nato doing enough? two of its own member, france and britain, say no. nato says it needs more low flying attack planes. when the u.s. was in charge of the operation, that plane flew regular missions. but for now, it's on stand by. the u.s. insists it will continue in a support role and hillary clinton made a point of showing a united front. >> we saying a same goal which is to see the end of gadhafi regime. >> reporter: air strikes pounded central tripoli. the government quickly claimed they hit civilian targets and ook journal itss took journalists to see the damage. >> we're being told this is the remnants of one of the missiles fired. this is a residential area and that there are no military
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installations around here. >> reporter: with jet fighters bombing the libyan capital, state tv broadcast these images. sending a clear message to everyone, i'm still here. >> got to be careful around those turns hanging out of the sunroof. president obama says the u.s. along with france and the uk are unified in the position that gadhafi plus go. those lee leaders wrote in a joint op-ed and in part it says it is unthinkable that someone who has tried to massacre his own people can play a part in their future government. the brave sit citizens of those towns that have held out against forces that have been mercilessly targeting them would face a fearful vengeance if the world accepted such an arrangement. it would be an unconscionable betrayal. still ahead this morning, oklahoma becomes the latest victim in a dangerous round of tornadoes that strike the midwest in this last week destroying the only school in
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you're watching "way too earl early". willie geist making a west coast swing. a live look at the capitol. other serious weather news to tell you about. parts of oklahoma are in ruins after a deadly tornado ripped through that state late yesterday.
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the fuextent of the damage is still unclear, but at least two were killed, dozens more injured. one person described it as feeling like a bomb. tushka may have suffered the worst of it while several buildings including their only school were hit by the twister. want to get a check of the weather now, bill karins, more of that rough weather? >> a three day outbreak. this was expected. we knew we were going to have tornadoes, unfortunately one big one did hit a small little town. in all we had about 10 tornado reports. a lot of hail and wind damage. mostly north texas, kansas, now through arkansas. if you're in memphis, i'm sure you're awake. those thunderstorms rolling through your city. and we have a veerp thunderstorm warnings for down up to memphis, tornado warnings just north of greenville, so you get the general idea. these storms are continuing through the morning. the worst of the severe storms, alabama, mississippi with heavy rain in the northern plains. and even though. we have blizzard warnings in
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areas of nebraska. >> this is serious stuff for a lot of people. thanks very much. sometime for sports. the yanks hosting the orioles. deep in the third. 2-0 os early. yankees down in the bottom of the ninth. who are this goes to ten. nick swisher with a sac fly. mark teixeria from third. yankees win 6-5. a week ago go, tphillies cliff didn't make it. looking to bounce back. in the third, lee gets desmond looking. so we go to the seventh. lee with the nasty curve past his former teammate, jayson werth. lee throwing a complete game shut out, three hits. phillies with the 4-0 win.
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the chicago bulls with the best record in the nba getting some love from president obama. last night's fund raiser, he brought out the player who has taken over the city. >> i want to pay tribute to a friend who has recently taken over this town, he's become the most powerful man in chicago. unbelievable energy. sharp elbows. but has brought chicagoans a new sense of hope about our future. give it up for derrick rose. go bulls! >> somewhere rahm emanuel is about to come out of his seat. all right, other guy. chicago hosting the pacers. philly plays miami in the 3:30 game. coming up on morning joe, president obama takes the bait
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from donald trump. in an interview yesterday. we'll have the clips at the top of the hour. also when we come back here, we'll huddle around the cooler where will will ferrell try to go next? right now he's filling the big shoes of steve carell. it's all up next. how are you getting to a happier place? running there? dancing there? how about eating soup to get there? campbell's soups fill you with good nutrition, farm-grown ingredients, and can help you keep a healthy weight. campbell's. it's amazing what soup can do. you think i have allergies? you're sneezing. i'm allergic to you. doubtful, you love me. hey, you can't take allegra with fruit juice. what? yeah, it's on the label. really? here, there's nothing about juice on the zyrtec® label. what? labels are meant to be read. i'd be lost without you. i knew you weren't allergic to me. [ sneezes ] you know, you can't take allegra with orange juice. both: really?
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good friday morning to you. back here on "way too early." manned parenthood survives a bitter financial fight after the senate defeats house measures to strip the organization of federal funding it receives through title x. so if you want to sound smart today, tell your friends title x is the only federal grant program dedicated solely to providing individuals with comprehensive family planning and related preventive health services. that is according to the health and human services department which is a partial administrator of the program. enough of that real news. we want to gather around the water cooler to talk about the mindless trivia we know you crave and we start with a major shakeup at the office. a change at dunder mifflin is officially under way. will ferrell has this bizarre fascination with all things southwest as you'll see. his character officially meeting
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the man he will replace, michael scott, at the place where all employees go to break bread. this was a bizarre and awkward introduction, kind of like that hug they shared. take a look. >> man, he is late. i'm going to call him. do you mind? sorry. >> no, no. >> where is this guy? >> excuse me. hello. >> this is michael scott. >> yes. >> hi. >> are you running late? >> no, i'm here. i'm at the bar. >> i'm at the bar, too. >> you are? what bar? >> i'm at the bar, the bar that's located in the lobby of the hotel. >> i do not see you. >> how long have you -- >> i've been here about, gosh, over half an hour. >> okay, yeah, me, too. >> sorry. >> they finally found each other. not to worry. by the way he may be known for his fiery rants on the house floor, that's another star of television certainly on cable.
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dennis kucinich'stal lengths extend clearly way beyond the belt way. john oliver getting the scoop. >> help me understand how you have been reelected as a congressman in the state of ohio. >> sympathy and trust an bounding. >> are you quoting the musical hair? >> dawning of the age of aquarius meant a chance for peace to rule the planet and love to rule the stars. >> who is this? >> that's my wife. >> you realize this doesn't make sense. >> why are you having can iktity with this? >> it's just -- it's like if a quo gold gold golderen retriever tried to mate with a chihuahua. ♪ god bless america ♪ i hold my head erect
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>> how do you keep winning elections? >> you'll have to ask dennis. >> the proud people of ohio. by the way, bieber fever has made its way to 1600 pennsylvania avenue, but not before the president misrow announces the tween sensation's name. so here is what he said at last night's fund raiser in chicago. take a listen. >> the white house christmas party, or christmas in washington event, was going on. and, you know, usher was there and there were a bunch of performers. there was this little guy who really sang well, great entertainer. and i said and what -- give it up for justin biber. i didn't know him at the time. and everybody yelled it's bieber. and malia and sasha were mortified. >> you can't have the bibber fans on your back. that could prove to be problematic. by the way, while he was in
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chicago, the president weighed into this whole debate taking donald trump on of sorts. take a listen to what he had to say. >> i was talking to a group earlier and i said, you know, i grew up here in chicago. i wasn't born here. just want to be clear. i was born in hawaii. >> it's all about the ear scratch. still ahead, why are you awake? your aggressive texts and e-mails all up next. and by the way, morning joe just moments away. [ male announcer ] 100 crisps in every can.
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the top story on msnbc.com, the world's oldest man, walter bruening, dies in montana. about he was 114 years young born in 1896. that's living long. at the top of the show, we asked you why are you awake. a couple of your answers. >> al than writes, in training to become an air traffic controller. and with all the napping, i can't sleep. now they say that napping is bad, but the only job where you can do it is vice president. >> mitt romney needs a sidekick in the next campaign. by the way, one of these air traffic controllers set up like pillows on his floor. it wasn't just the zonk. what else you got? >> you're getting compliments. mickey writes the only acceptable replacement for willie geist is peter alexander. >> dad, thanks for the note. willy geist getting his name on the hollywood walk of fame.

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